Flying Bantu releases EP album
VICTORIA Falls’ four-member afro-fusion group, Flying Bantu, has released its much awaited five-track EP titled Cruising Attitude.
The five-track EP album, which is now available for free download online on the band’s website www.flyingbantu. com and Soundcloud page, will be officially launched next month.
Band manager, Guy Cockcroft, said they would also launch the album at the Miombo Music Festival in Harare on May 27 and 28.
The songs include Ceasefire, a piece about war and its effects on everyday families, Falling Through the Times — a song about helping others through hard times, and OgaOga which is a feel good song. The others are Safe From Humanity and TIA (Stop the Bus) which is a song about Africa, its magic and wonder, quirks and flaws and a depiction of living in rural Zimbabwe as the story is told at a rural bus stop.
Cockcroft said the band will spend the rest of the year recording and mixing the remainder of the songs with the aim of releasing a full album towards the end of the year.
He said the songs are a gift to all friends, family and strangers alike who have supported the group in the past year as it shares both light-hearted sentiments and the more emotional, heavier realities of the 21st century existence.
“Cruising Attitude is for all those who enjoy music and have a taste for something different as the songs dabble with concepts of love and war, peace and hope, jealousy and joy while capturing experiences in Africa,” said Cockroft.
Flying Bantu, formed in Chinotimba suburb last year, plays an eclectic mix of Afro-fusion sounding tracks infused with elements of Funk, Jazz, Reggae and Rock overlaid with a distinct traditional Zimbabwean flavour.
Its members are Tinashe Maoneni (vocals), Amkela Moyo (lead guitar), Bongani Ngema (bass guitar) and Sam Gulubane (drums).
With only a year in music, the band has toured a number of Southern African countries including Botswana, Zambia and South Africa performing at various festivals and shows with a flair for authentic live acts. — @ncubeleon